LONDON (AP) _ The governing board of British boxing will decide next month whether to require brain scans for fighters in national championship tournaments and regional championship bouts.
The medical committee of the British Boxing Board of Control has recommended that the brain scans be made mandatory for title fights, as well as elimination bouts for national championships. Current rules require scans only when the board considers them necessary.
The recommendation came as the board ended an investigation into the death of Steve Watt, the Scottish lightweight champion who died after a non-title fight with Rocky Kelly at London March 10.
Watt collapsed while walking to his corner after being stopped by Kelly in the final round of their 10-round bout, part of the elimination tournament to pick a new British national champion.
The board accepted the findings of a panel of doctors and boxing officials that all protective steps had been taken in the Watt-Kelly fight. Licenses were proper, the officiating was correct and Watt was in top shape, the report said.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - Rugby officials said Thursday that no more than six New Zealand All Blacks rugby players will be part of an international team scheduled to play five matches in South Africa this month.
Faan Venter, manager of the Transvaal Rugby Football Union, denied published reports that as many as 30 All Blacks would be on the team.
South Africa has been hard hit by the international sports boycott because of the government’s apartheid policy, despite claims that sports has been largely desegregated. Rugby and other sports have relied on ″rebel″ tours and combined international teams to skirt the boycott.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Taiwan’s Lu Hsi-chuen, who won the India Open last week, and countryman Yu Chin-han shot five-under-par 67s Thursday and shared the first-round lead in the $120,000 Taiwan Open Golf Tournament.
John Burckle of Newport Beach, Calif. earned a bonus of $2,500 for scoring a hole-in-one on the 225-yard, par-3 10th hole. He used a three-iron.
″I was stunned,″ said Burckle, who was tied at 69 with Art Russel of the United States and two Taiwanese, Wong Teh-chong and Lu Chien-soon.
The 72-hole tourney is being played on the par-72, 7,015-yard Chang Gung Golf Country Club, 12 miles west of Taipei.
One stroke behind the leaders at 68 were Mike Cunning of the U.S., Wayne Smith of Australia and Taiwanese amateur Lin Chi-hsiang.
BERLIN, Md. (AP) - The Ocean Downs Raceway near Ocean City has been sold to Rosecroft Raceway of Prince George’s County, owner John Burbage said Thursday.
Burbage, who also is mayor of Berlin, would not say how much he received for the 174-acre property that includes the racing oval and stables, but he said the price topped the $5.5 million he originally had asked.
Bill Miller, president of Rosecroft, said Wednesday that Ocean Downs would continue to operate as a race track. Miller said the track would open for the season on May 23 instead of the scheduled date of May 16.
TOKYO (AP) - Former Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder Mark Brouhard hit his second home run of the Japanese League baseball season Thursday, helping the Yakult Swallows beat the Hanshin Tigers 15-7.
OTTAWA (AP) - The National Capital Marathon tentatively has been rescheduled for May 11 after organizers learned Wednesday night they likely will get liability insurance.
The regional council also voted 20-8 to contribute up to $20,000 to help offset the marathon’s projected $56,000 deficit.
Two weeks ago, the council rejected by a narrow margin a plea for financial assistance, but since then residents and businesses in the area have contributed about $35,000.
Having cancelled the race twice in the past nine days, marathon director Ken Parker was cautious with Wednesday’s turn of events, but said he thinks the marathon can be held. About 800 runners are registered and he hopes at least twice that number will participate.
Organizers hope to have the insurance policy by the end of the week.
BILBAO, Spain (AP) - Spanish soccer officials closed a Bilbao stadium Thursday because of rioting during a game between Athletic de Bilbao and Barcelona left 30 people, including four policemen, injured.
Barcelona won the Wednesday night game 2-1.
San Mames Stadium was to have been the site Sunday of a game between the Bilbao team and Zaragoza. Spanish soccer federation officials ruled that the game must be played at least 60 miles from Bilbao.
Rioting began when referee Raul Garcia de Loza failed to call a penalty against Barcelona three minutes before the end of the game.
Riot police dashed onto the field to protect players from flying bottles, cans and cushions and later retreated into the stadium, chased by fans carrying red and white Athletic banners on long poles.
Athletic club President Pedro Aurteneche blamed de Loza’s performance for ″getting the fans all riled up.″